I have always been the person who everyone had high expectations for. I was always expected to do well in school, go to college and be "somebody". Things didn't turn out that way. After high school, I decided I needed a little break from school. That's when I met Ryan, who seemed like the perfect guy for me. He... Find Out More
A discussion on another board really got me thinking about this.
In today's day and age where racism is only acceptable if it's subtle or hidden, everyone insists that there is no blatant racism any more, people have moved on from that.
But there is an instance in which blatant and outright racism is totally acceptable, and that... Find Out More
Custody and Child Support
By an older mama ally
Before the unexpected pregnancy that made it all a reality, I thought about having kids in what I thought was a pretty realistic way. I even figured that there would be a good chance that I’d be a single mother, and felt prepared to deal with that. The custody battle was a different... Find Out More
Many of you have probably seen or heard about Gaps PRODUCT(RED) campaign to raise money for women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. (dont even get me started on how hypocritical this is on sooo many levels) How about those fancy commercials with killer special effects about "the know spreading". To many people HIV/AIDS is... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."